The 2003 season was a great one for Manning. In that season, he threw for 4,267 yards which led the league. He also led the league with an average of 266.7 yards a game passing. All of this led him to be named Co-MVP of the league, and it was his first of five MVP awards.
While all that was good and dandy, the finest moment for him in the 2003 season happened early in the season. The Colts were taking on the Bucs in the fifth week of the season on Monday night, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable nights in franchise history.
The Colts were down 21 points with 4 minutes left in the game. Everyone and their mother thought the game was over, including myself. But then Manning helped lead the biggest comeback in Monday Night Football history.
Manning helped lead the Colts to 28 fourth-quarter points and helped lead them to tie the game up and send it to overtime. In overtime, the Colts eventually won with a 29-yard field goal. In that game, Manning threw for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns to keep the team undefeated.
It was another great moment in the early stages of what turned out to be a Hall of Fame career. But that was just one great game in Manning’s history. His next best moment wasn’t just a single game, it was actually an entire record-breaking season.